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This collection of books for children offers funny, uplifting tales

This collection of books for children offers funny, uplifting tales

“Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld (hardcover, Chronicle Books, 2011, 32 pages, $16). At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

“The One and Only Ivan,” by Katherine Applegate (hardcover, Harper, 2012, 305 pages, $16). When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

“Press Here,” by Hervé Tullet (hardcover, Chronicle Books, 2010, 56 pages, $15.99). Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey. Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book — and who knows what will happen next!

“That is Not a Good Idea!,” by Mo Willems (hardcover, Balzer & Bray, 2013, 48 pages, $17.99). A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one’s inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.

“Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio (hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf, 2012, 315 pages, $15.99). Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a funny, uplifting tale about acceptance and self-esteem.